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Natural Remedies for Ringworm

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Ringworm is not actually a worm!

It is a fungal infection of the skin known as a ‘tinea’ infection, commonly contracted from close contact with others such as at day cares, swimming pools and the gym.

Tinea can occur anywhere on the body and starts off as red, raised, very itchy bumps.  Then it becomes dry and scaly as it heals from the inside out creating the appearance of a bright red ring, hence the common name ringworm.

How can you prevent a tinea infection?

1. Keep skin clean and dry.  Be sure to towel off thoroughly after a shower and to change wet, sweaty clothing as soon as you can.  Tinea thrives in dark, warm and moist environments.

2. Minimize sugar intake.  Often internal imbalance of yeast can manifest as tinea outwardly on the skin.  Sugar feeds the tinea and supports its growth.

3. Support a healthy immune system through a diet high in fruits and vegetables, ensuring your child has adequate sleep and exercise.  A strong immune system will deal with tinea exposure before it has a chance to manifest as ringworm.

Once my child has a tinea infection what can I do?

1. Avoid direct contact with others as much as possible to avoid the spread of tinea.

2. Mix 2-3 drops of tea tree essential oil into 1 tbsp of coconut or olive oil. Apply 2-3 times per day until the rash disappears and store the remainder in the fridge to use as needed.  Tea tree is anti-microbial, meaning it has the ability to kill fungus, bacteria and viruses.

3. Botanical tinctures of echinacea and goldenseal help support your child’s immune system so it can deal with the tinea infection.  Botanical tinctures are available at health food stores, be sure to use as directed based on your child’s age and weight. 

4. Eat more raw garlic, raw onions and oregano.  These are natural anti-microbials and support the immune system to balance yeast levels from the inside out.

5. Incorporate omega-3 containing foods to the diet for their anti-inflammatory and skin healing properties.  Small fish such as anchovies, sardines and herring are super packed with omega-3 fatty acids.  Or you could add a tablespoon of chia seeds, hemp hearts or freshly ground flaxseeds into your child’s cereal, otameal or smoothie for a plant based omega-3 boost.

Feel free to share your experience or tips for other natural methods for resolving tinea!

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Dr. Ellen Simone welcomes you to work with her under a holistic view of health which encompasses the understanding that the mind and body are connected to sustaining long-term health and wellness. As a naturopathic doctor, Dr. Simone focuses on family wellness and has special interests in women and children’s health. She loves working with women through different phases in their lives; to regulate the menstrual cycle, ease PMS symptoms, optimize fertility, provide support during and after pregnancy, maintain breast health and welcome menopause. Children are also a primary focus in her practice and she believes that setting healthy habits at a young age is important for long-term health and wellness. Author's website.

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  1. kathy downey says:

    Good information,thanks for sharing

  2. Brenda A says:

    Excellent approach. Essential oils are tiny bottles of assistance in so many ways. We have never had to deal with ringworm here (awful name, isn’t it?). The kids are super pool kids, too!

  3. Doris Calvert says:

    Very interesting I always get rash on my arm that I always think resembles ring worm as it’s in a circle but only 2 and the rest are a rash that look like a contact allergic reaction, I am going to try this as they keep coming back, thanks!

  4. Elizabeth Matthiesen says:

    what a lot of great information. I didn’t know that raw garlic, raw onions and oregano are natural anti-microbials. I couldn’t eat much of any of these raw, hope there’s still some goodness left in them when sautéed.

  5. kathy downey says:

    Thanks for this great info.

  6. Victoria Ess says:

    Great information! My children have never gotten ringworm (thank goodness) but I feel better prepared.

  7. kathy downey says:

    My children never had ringworm thank goodness

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